by Luke Coffey
The Heritage Foundation
February 14, 2014
The three Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania—contribute at a disproportionately higher level than other European countries to NATO-led military operations because they want to be seen as “net contributors,” not “net consumers,” of security. Above having capabilities to offer to CTF-52, the Baltic states have shown a political willingness to contribute to global security outside the Baltic region. A major concern of the Baltic states is that military cooperation with the United States will decrease when the mission in Afghanistan winds down. Joining the maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf would benefit the Baltic states, create a new area of focus for U.S.-Baltic security cooperation in a post-Afghanistan War world, and greatly contribute to regional security and the economic well-being of one of the world’s key transit points. It would be a wasted opportunity if the U.S. failed to work with them.

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